Having faced off four times in the last two seasons — and with many more matchups likely to come — Patrick Mahomes and Joe Burrow are undoubtedly rivals at this point.
Just because they’re rivals, though, does not mean they don’t have respect for one another, as evidenced by the exchange they had when shaking hands following the AFC Championship game, which saw the Chiefs advance to their third Super Bowl with Mahomes at the helm.
“Many more, dog, many more,” Mahomes said to Burrow. “Hell of a game. You have a hell of a career dog.”
“You too, brother,” Burrow said in response. “Go win it now.”
To many more matchups between these two. 🤞 (via @NFLFilms)@PatrickMahomes | @JoeyB pic.twitter.com/nm9VuMTxcK
— NFL (@NFL) January 30, 2023
In the game, both Burrow and Mahomes undoubtedly lived up to their status as the game’s two best quarterbacks.
Despite suffering a high-ankle sprain just a week before in the AFC Divisional round against the Jacksonville Jaguars and losing a bevy of offensive weapons to injury, Mahomes — getting his first win over Burrow and the Bengals — completed 29 of 43 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns.
Burrow had a more difficult day at the office, as he completed 26 of 41 passes for 270 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions.
Heading into Super Bowl LVII — which will be held at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday, February 12 — Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles are favored over Mahomes and the Chiefs by 2.5 points. With 12 days left until the game, however, expect that line to continue to shift as the Chiefs continue to get healthier (if at all).
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